PSC’s 3-Month Deadline Has Come and Gone while the EC Drags Its Feet on Overseas Postal Voting – Malaysians Have Had Enough of the EC’s Excuses and “Red Herrings”

On 3 April 2012, Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reform (PSC)’s unanimously recommended that the Election Commission (EC) put in place a system whereby all Malaysian citizens living overseas could vote by post. The EC was given a deadline of 3 months to consult with the relevant government agencies in order to enable the necessary regulations to be made. This recommendation was accepted unanimously by the Dewan Rakyat.

This deadline, 3 July 2012, has now come and gone without any announcement by the EC. This is despite the fact that in May, the EC Deputy Chairman, Datuk Wira Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, had stated that the EC was targeting the recent 11-28 June parliamentary sitting for the necessary amendments to the elections regulations.

Nearly a year has passed since the EC Chairman, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof, announced in August 2011, after the July 2011 Bersih 2.0 rally, that the EC had agreed to give all Malaysians overseas the right to vote by post. Since that time, the EC has given all manner of excuses and “red herrings” to justify its failure to honour its commitment, and Malaysians have found it hard to avoid the conclusion that the EC has been trying to delay implementing this reform until after the 13th general election.

Malaysians have had enough of the EC’s excuses for its non-performance and its misleading attempts to justify its restriction of the voting rights of Malaysian citizens overseas. The EC Chairman must now explain why it has failed to abide by the 3-month deadline set by the PSC and the Dewan Rakyat.

 

EC Excuses and “Red Herrings”

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